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The Unbelievable Truth

BBC Radio 4 panel show built on truth and lies. 147 episodes (pilot + 24 series), 2006 - 2020. Stars David Mitchell.

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Series 2, Episode 5

Michael McIntyre talks about pigs, Fred MacAulay looks at beds, Graeme Garden discusses Sweden and Lucy Porter chats about Leonardo da Vinci.

Further details

The Truths

Fred MacAulay - Beds

- Humans spend 25 years of their lives in bed. Found by Graeme.

- Charles Dickens always aligned his bed north to south. Found by Graeme.

- Most men sleep on the side of the bed closest to the door. Found by Lucy.

- A typical bed can house over 6 billion dust mites. Successfully smuggled.

- According to recent research, the average bed last longer than the average marriage. Beds last 12.5 years, marriage lasts 11.4 years. Successfully smuggled.

Graeme Garden - Sweden

- In one Swedish town a game of cow bingo is played every year, where people bet on which of 81 squares a cow will lay a cow pat on first. Found by Fred.

- ABBA has to change their original name because it sounded too much like a popular brand of pickled herring and were worried they might be sued. Found by Lucy.

- The ├śresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden is a tunnel on the Danish side and a bridge on the Swedish side. Found by Fred.

- The Swedish consume more tomato ketchup than any other country in the world. Found by Michael.

- Sweden won the seventh World Underwater Rugby Championships in 2003. Successfully smuggled.

Lucy Porter - Leonardo da Vinci

- Leonardo could bend iron bars and horseshoes. Found by Graeme.

- Leonardo once sketched plans for a pedal-powered tank. Found by Graeme.

- Leonardo believed that beavers chewed off their own testicles, believing they had medicinal properties. Found by Graeme.

- Leonardo invented an alarm clock that woke the person by gently rubbing their feet. Successfully smuggled.

- Leonardo da Vinci was dyslexic. Successfully smuggled.

Michael McIntyre - Pigs

- In America, pigs have played computer games. Found by Fred.

- A pig's penis is shaped like a corkscrew. Found by Fred.

- Pigs can become alcoholics. Found by Lucy.

- The people of the Marquesas Islands use the word "pig" for all animals. Successfully smuggled.

- Only in English do pigs go "oink". Successfully smuggled.


- Fred MacAulay, Graeme Garden and Lucy Porter: 4 points
- Michael McIntyre: 0 points

Broadcast details

Monday 2nd June 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Graeme Garden Guest
Lucy Porter Guest
Michael McIntyre Guest
Fred MacAulay Guest
Writing team
Iain Pattinson Writer
Production team
Jon Naismith Producer

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